Opening Session


Opening Remarks

Heung-Won Seo

President of Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Research Center (GIR)

Mr. Heung-Won Seo is the current president of Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Research Center of Korea(GIR) since January 2021.
Prior to his current position, he was a Secretary General of National Council on Climate and Air Quality(2019-2020).
Mr. Seo passed the 28th Technology Examination and has years of various experiences in the Ministry of Environment, Government of Republic of Korea since 1992.
Especially from 2017 to 2018, He served as a director of Climate Change and International Cooperation Bureau at the Ministry of Environment, Government of Republic of Korea.
He received a bachelor's degree in Atmospheric Sciences from Seoul National University, Republic of Korea and a doctor's degree in Center for Energy and Environmental Policy from University of Delaware, United States of America.

Welcoming Remarks

Han Jeoung Ae

Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea

Her Excellency, Ms. Han Jeoung-ae is the 19th Minister of Environment in the Republic of Korea. Prior to her current position, she was a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea for three consecutive terms from 2012 to 2020 where she served as the Member of National Assembly Committee of Environment and Labor, Co-Chair of National Assembly Forum on Climate Change, and Chair of Policy Committee for the Democratic Party. She is also currently leading the carbon neutral society of the Republic of Korea and strives to implement inclusive environmental policy services for the benefits of environmental welfare and safety for all.

She has years of extensive experiences in various areas related to environment including climate change, air pollution, land and waste, ecosystem, and health control strategy and policy. Prior to joining National Assembly, she was a Vice-Chair of the Federation of Korean Public Trade Unions. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Pusan National University, Republic of Korea and earned PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Welcoming Remarks

Park Nam-choon

Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City,
Republic of Korea

Mr. Park Nam Choon is the current mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City since July 2018. Prior to his current position, he was a member of the National Assembly (2012-2018) where he served as a chairman of the Democratic Party of Korea’s Incheon Division in 2016. He has also served as a Vice Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Democratic Party (2008), Senior Presidential Secretary for Personnel Management (2006), Presidential Secretary for Personnel Affairs (2005), Chief Officer for State Affairs (2003) at the Presidential Office. He has held various senior leadership positions, including as a Director General at Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Agency (2001), Director General for Planning and Budget at Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (1998), Executive Officer for Planning and Budget, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (1996).
His earlier career includes serving as a Director for Ports and Logistics Division, Korea Maritime and Port Administration (1996), Director for General Affairs at Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries (1993), Officer for Development, Traffic, and Budget at Korea Maritime and Port Administration (1989), and Officer for Harbor Affairs at Busan Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries.
Mr. Park received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Korea University, Republic of Korea and a master’s degree in International Transport at University of Wales, United Kingdom and passed the 24th Senior Civil Service Examination for Administrative Service in 1980.

Congratulatory Remarks

Liu Zhenmin

Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (UN DESA)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Mr. Liu Zhenmin of China as the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs effective 26 July 2017. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Liu was Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of China since 2013. Among his various diplomatic assignments, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland (2011-2013).

Mr. Liu brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in the diplomatic service, with a strong focus on the promotion of bilateral, regional and global issues. He was deeply involved for 10 years in climate change negotiations including the conclusion of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. He also widely participated in the international activities on the protection of our planet including Antarctica and the oceans. Over the last several years, in various capacities, he has been consistently highlighting and advocating for sustainable development issues.

Mr. Liu started his career at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1982. Since then, he has served the Ministry in various capacities, including as Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs (2009-2011); Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations (2006-2009); Director-General, Department of Treaty and Law (2003-2006); and Deputy Director-General, Department of Treaty and Law (1998-2003). He also served in the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland (1992-1995) and in the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations (1984-1988).

As Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Liu guides UN Secretariat support for the follow-up processes of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. He also oversees the substantive services to many intergovernmental processes, including the annual meetings of the Second and Third Committees of the General Assembly, the meetings of the Economic and Social Council, including its Development Cooperation Forum, and the work of the subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC.

In addition to intergovernmental processes, Mr. Liu oversees DESA’s policy analysis and capacity development work. He also serves as the Convenor of the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs, and advises the United Nations Secretary-General on all development-related issues, including climate change, internet governance, and financing for development.

Mr. Liu holds a Master of Laws from the Law School of Peking University. He was born in August 1955 in Shanxi Province, China. Mr. Liu is married.

Congratulatory Remarks

Yeonseob Ha

Executive Vice President of International Campus, Yonsei University

Yeonseob Ha is Executive Vice President of International Campus and a Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Yonsei University. He has been with the University since 1995 and has held positions, including Dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration, Dean of the Office of International Affairs, Associate Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs, and Chairperson of the Department of Public Administration. He has also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Education.

He has been deeply involved as a consultant and committee member in the public policy-making processes of various government ministries, including the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Interior and Safety, the Ministry of Government Legislation, Korea Communications Commission, the Board of Audit and Inspection, and the National Assembly Budget Office.

His areas of research interest include public budgeting and finance, institutional analysis, comparative public policy, and educational policy.

His works appeared in various journals including Public Budgeting & Finance, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Policy Studies Review, International Review of Public Administration, Korean Review of Public Administration, Korean Review of Public Policy, Korean Journal of Public Administration, Korean Political Science Review. He also authored several books including Fundamentals of Public Finance, Institutional Analysis: Theories and Issues, Public Budgeting and Financial Management, and Korean Public Administration: A Comparative Historical Analysis.

Ha holds a BA in Public Administration from Yonsei University, as well as an MPA in Public Affairs and a PhD in Public Policy from Indiana University.

Launching the Decade of Action in Korea & the 2nd Phase of UNOSD



Chun Kyoo Park

Head, United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD)

Mr. Chun Kyoo PARK is the Head of UN Office for Sustainable Development as of 26 October 2020.
Before that, he has served at the government for almost 30 years mainly at the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Korea where he joined in 1991 starting at mid-level management rising to the rank of the Vice Minister of Environment. Throughout the experience, he has built various capacities and broadened the scope of work by engaging in many different areas of sustainable development.

Mr. Park’s works range from air and water quality management to nature conservation, waste management, chemicals management, sewerage system, etc. Tackling climate change has been his major concern and produced lots of achievements at the ministry including setting up Korean National Mitigation Targets.

Moreover, his career stretches to the international cooperation where he worked as the first secretary of the Republic of Korea Mission to the UN in charge of works related to the UN General Assembly 2nd Committee, and the Commission on Sustainable Development. He has attended various international meetings which include CBD COP13 in Cancun, Mexico as the chair of the COP12 Presidency and the most recently the 4th UN Environment Assembly in 2019 in his capacity as the head of Korean delegation.

He worked closely with UN organizations to support program such as the UNEP’s PAGE (Partnership for Action on Green Economy) and the first international workshop for developing country officials on MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification) jointly with UNFCCC and/or EU.

He graduated from Yonsei University majoring Public Administration and holds a master’s degree in Development Policy and Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is co-author of three books including “Carbon Market, Are You Ready to Buy or Sell It.”



Sun-Jin Yun

Chair, Sustainable Development Committee,
Republic of Korea

Prof. Sun-Jin Yun has a Ph.D. in environmental and energy policy from Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware. She is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, Korea. Professor Yun’s research concentrates on the political economy of climate change, climate and energy policies, environmental and climate justice, anti-nuclear and energy transition movements, discourse analysis, common pool resource management, and sustainable development. Currently, she is a chairperson of sustainable development and serves as chairperson of the Korea Energy Information Culture Agency as well as chairperson of the Division of Sustainable Society under Presidential Commission on Policy Planning. She has participated in international and cross-national research projects and activities. She has published about 200 articles and participated in publication of more than 60 books internationally as well domestically.


Kim Hong-jang

Chair, Korea Local Governments Alliance for Sustainable Development

Mr. Kim Hong-jang is currently the chair of Korea Local Governments Alliance for Sustainable Development since 2020 and is a part of iclei Korea Executive Committee(K-Excom) under Climate & Energy Policy in 2021. He is also a mayor of Dangjin-si, Chungcheongnam-do serving for two consecutive terms from 2014 till present. He also served as 8th and 9th member of Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Council from 2006 to 2014.

Mayor Kim Hong-jang has established a basic plan and implementation plan for Dangjin-type sustainable development, putting sustainable development as the highest value of the city.
He is also pushing for the establishment of Dangjin-type SDGs, implementation projects for citizens of sustainable development, and the Dangjin-type Green New Deal.
He plays a key role in Local Governments Alliance, with various efforts which are the expansion of cities as member of local government alliance and the promotion of joint actions among local governments to spread sustainable development policies.


Kyung-ho Lee

Chair, Korea Business Council for Sustainable Development

Mr. Lee, Kyungho is the chair of Korea Business Council for Sustainable Development (KBCSD) which is an incorporated association. He has been appointed as president of KBCSD since 2020.
He also served as a St tax administration advisor of National Tax Service in 2005. He started his career at Daewoo Electronics (1974) and Dongyang Precision (1976) both in the Logistics Department. He was inaugurated as a President of YoungLim Timber co ltd as a Private enterprise (1978) and became a CEO of Younglim Timber co ltd when it converted into a corporation (1986).
Mr. Lee also received various awards from diverse organisations; he was awarded the Example of tax payment on tax payment day from South Incheon Tax Office (2019), Gold Medal of Honor from Korean Red Cress (2016), Citizen of Incheon Day, Commerce and Industry Prize (2016), Order of Industrial Service Merit from the President of Korea (2014), Forest Business Industry packing prize (2009), News magazine selection as a Business Person prize (2004), Korea Federation of SMEs from the President of Korea (2004), Merit prize from United States Governor of Pennsylvania (2002), New Korean prize from the President of Korea (1997) and an award from Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (1988).
He graduated from Business Administration Major from Chung Ang University, Republic of Korea and holds Graduate Completion School of Asia Pacific Studies, GSAPS (1year), Tokyo, Japan.


Yelin Heo

Chair, Youth-Level Political Forum Korea
(YLPF Korea)

Yelin Heo, a chair of YLPF Korea, is a youth activist for SDGs. Since the establishment of the Korean Youth Sustainable Development Goals (Y-SDGs Korea) in 2020, she has collaborated with various youth organizations and proposed policies for future generations to achieve Y-SDGs.

Session Ⅰ: Synergies in Joint Implementation of Climate Actions and the SDGs for Recovery



Ganbold Baasanjav

Head, Subregional Office for East and North-East Asia, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)

Dr. Ganbold Baasanjav is the Head of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) East and North-East Asia Office based in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Prior to UNESCAP, Dr. Ganbold has worked extensively for the government of Mongolia serving within the country in the Foreign Ministry as well as abroad in a diplomatic capacity.
He was most recently the Ambassador-at-large for Sustainable Development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia (2018-2019). Prior to this, he has served as the Mongolian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2013-2018), Director-General of the Asia and the Pacific Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia (2008-2013), and the Mongolian Ambassador to Vietnam (2004-2008).  Dr. Ganbold has also served as the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia (2001-2003) and as the Director-General of the Public Affairs Department at the Ministry of External Relations of Mongolia (1998-2000).
His earlier career includes overseas diplomatic assignments with the Mongolian Embassy in Pyongyang, DPR of Korea (1989-1993). Dr. Ganbold was also a part-time lecturer and Dean for the Department of International Relations, School of Foreign Service, at the National University of Mongolia (1997-2001).
Dr. Ganbold is fluent in English, Korean and Russian, and earned his BA in International Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA and a PhD in Law from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Republic of Korea. He is married with four children.



Oyun Sanjaasuren

Director of External Affairs, Green Climate Fund

Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren is the Director of External Affairs of Green Climate Fund, where she leads the fund’s work on resource mobilization, partnerships, communications and advocacy.

Dr. Oyun served as the first President of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the Governing Body of UN Environment (2014-2016), and has been an active advocate for sustainable development, climate change and water security. She served as Chair of the Global Water Partnership and as an Advisory Board member of the Future Earth. One of the leading politicians in Mongolia, she formerly served as a Member of Parliament (1998-2016), as Minister of Environment and Green Development and Minister of Foreign Affairs. She is a founder of the Zorig Foundation, a leading Mongolian NGO that advances democracy, social and human rights and supports youth leadership and education.

Oyun has a Ph.D in Earth Sciences from University of Cambridge.


Tomas Anker Christensen

Climate Ambassador of Denmark

Tomas Anker Christensen is the Climate Ambassador of Denmark at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities. He has been Under-Secretary for Global Challenges, where he was at the head of the establishment of the 3GF – an international partnership for green growth, partnerships and transition. Subsequently, he was Senior Advisor for Partnerships to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and head of the climate team with responsibility for preparing and conducting the 2014 UN Climate Summit. Following this, he was Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations and chef de cabinet for two presidents of the General Assembly (Mogens Lykketoft and Peter Thomson, respectively) with particular focus on implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Thereafter, Tomas Anker Christensen served as special advisor to the UN’s Special Envoy on Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg and to the Special Envoy on the Ocean, Peter Thomson. Ambassador Christensen has also served as Denmark’s ambassador to Iran and to Egypt.


Marc-Oliver Pahl

Secretary General, German Council for Sustainable Development

Dr Marc-Oliver Pahl is head of the office of the German Council for Sustainable Development since March 2020. From 2011 to 2020 he was Head of the Sustainable Development and Environmental Trends department of the Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MULNV) in Düsseldorf and in this capacity responsible for devising, implementing and further developing the federal state’s sustainable development strategy. Prior to this he worked in the Europe/International Affairs department of the MULNV, in the office of the Committee on Budgets of the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg as well as for the Minister of Federal and European Affairs in North Rhine-Westphalia’s state chancellery office. He completed diplomatic training at the German Federal Foreign Office in Bonn and Bamako (Mali). Following law studies in Bayreuth and Münster as well as clerkships in Frankfurt/Oder, Berlin and Brussels, he wrote a dissertation on European constitutional law at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Eunhae Jeong

Director of Green Transition, Ministry of Environment of Republic of Korea

Ms Eunhae Jeong is currently a director of green transition policy at the Ministry of Environment, Government of Republic of Korea. She recently coordinated the establishment of Korea’s Sustainable Development Plan and is keen on making policies to make synergies between the SDGs and Climate Actions.
She worked for the Korean government over two decades in the various posts in the Ministry of Environment, Office of the President and the Presidential Committee on Sustainable Development.
She actively engaged in international discourse in the field of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Biodiversity. She worked for the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) for four years as Senior Development Management Expert. During her time at the UNOSD, she led various capacity development activities to assist countries’ implementation of internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals in applying integrated approaches for envisioning, planning, implementing and monitoring national development plans and strategies.
She served as a Council member of Global Environment Facility from 2011 to 2012. Ms Jeong holds a Masters of Science from School of Environment, Yale University, and a Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Education from Seoul National University.

Session Ⅱ: Preparing for Carbon Neutrality by 2050



Stefano De Clara

International Policy Director, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

Stefano De Clara is International Policy Director at the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Stefano joined IETA in 2014, initially focusing on the EU ETS and UNFCCC negotiations. He currently heads IETA’s international work, covering the implementation of the Paris Agreement, Article 6, and international carbon markets. Leading IETA’s Business Partnership for Market Readiness (B-PMR) initiative, he also focuses on emerging carbon markets, particularly in Asia.

Prior to joining IETA he focused on emissions trading in the Academia and for consulting companies. He holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from the Utrecht University and a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Trieste.


Alistair Ritchie

Director of Asia-Pacific Sustainability, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI)

Alistair Ritchie leads and oversees activities on Asian carbon market development and net zero GHG emission goals. Alistair is an international expert in greenhouse gas emissions trading systems (ETSs), and a known leader in their development. He is currently leading a major project to contribute to resolving design challenges of China’s national ETS and building regional connections across Asia to support ETS development. He is also leading a project to share international experience and best practice in developing strategies to achieve net zero GHG emission goals with climate and energy policy specialists from Korea. Previously, he was leader of the European Commission project to support the Korean government’s implementation and upgrade of the K-ETS. He was also the technical lead for the European Commission project to support the development of China’s national ETS and led studies to support ETS development in Chinese Taipei. In Europe, Alistair played a key role in improving the EU ETS through managing and directing several projects to support Phase 3 and 4 policy design and implementation. Alistair holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University in UK and an MBA from the Open University.


Min Li

China Representative, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

Li Min has long engagement in climate change and sustainable development activites in China since 2004 through numbers of international/multilateral capacity training programs, as CDM, MDG, etc. in the central governmental body and later on GmbH German Technology Cooperation (GTZ, now renamed GIZ) as the programme officier and Country Coordinator of German BMU CDM Programme to set up a sizeable CDM portfolio with the support of programme advisor and China CDM experts. The programme also developed regular bilingual briefings and policy papers on the regulatory and commercial developments of Chinese carbon market. From 2010-2016, she worked for Blue World Carbon Capital Ltd. (one of the top carbon credit buyers in China) as China Representative and took charge of the Beijing Rep Office, including the office daily operation, human resource & financial management, projects origination and aquisation. At present, she is leading IETA’s overall tasks and activities in China as its China Representative and in coordination with IETA secretariat and key memers in regular updates on policy and market briefings, reports and global events.


Seung Jick Yoo

Professor, Sookmyung Women’s Universtiy

Prof. Seung Jick Yoo has played the principal roles in setting the national mid-term GHGs reduction goal up to 2030 as well as the GHGs reduction goal up to 2020 of Republic of Korea. The national greenhouse gas reduction plan up to 2020 was approved by presidential cabinet meeting and announced by former President Lee, Myong-bak in the held in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009. He has also been deeply involved in the development of national green growth strategies and implementation plan in Korea.

Since he was nominated as the President of Greenhouse Gas Inventory & Research Center of Korea, the principal national agency in management of national and entity level GHG inventories and setting national, sectoral and entity-level greenhouse gas inventory reduction targets, he has been in charge of publication of annual national inventory, national communications and management of entity-level greenhouse gas emission. He designed and implemented the National Emission Permit Trading System (Korean ETS) and developed national permit allocation plan and allocated the permits to the entities in 2014. He, as the President of GIR, developed the national GHGs emission reduction target up to 2030, which was approved the presidential cabinet meeting under Former President Park, Geun-Hye in 2015. After moving to Sookmyung Women’s University 20 January 2016, he is teaching the climate change modeling, environmental and energy policies. Prof. Yoo also deeply involved in the national climate change policy setting and implementation as a key member for the Prime minister’s committee on Green Growth and the Minister of Environment’s advisory committee.



William Acworth

Head of Secretariat, International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP)
William Acworth co-leads the Carbon Markets and Pricing team at adelphi. In his role as Head of the Secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), he works together with more than thirty governments around the world to advance carbon pricing as a key tool on the path to decarbonizing our economies. Over the past half decade, William has led ICAP’s work on building capacity for emissions trading as well as key projects within ICAP’s technical dialogue. Recently his focus has been on industrial decarbonization as well as carbon pricing implementation in Latin America and East Asia. Prior to joining adelphi, William worked as a research associate in the climate policy team at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) as well as with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He began his career in Australia, where he held positions with ACIL Allen Consulting as well as the Australian Bureau for Agricultural and Resource Economics, where he advised State and Commonwealth governments on climate policy. William holds a first class honours degree in Resource Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia, as well as a Masters of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.



Yeo Ra Chae

Director General, Integrated Assessment of Climate and Air Pollution, Korea Environment Institute (KEI)

Dr. Yeora Chae is a director of climate, air and safety division at Korea Environment Institute. Dr. Chae is specialized in integrated assessment of climate change and air pollution. Her recent works include “Analysis of socio-economic impacts of heatwave”, “Integrated analysis of climate mitigation and adaptation”. She completed MSc in Climate Change with distinction at University of East Anglia, UK. She obtained PhD. in climate change policy analysis with Dr. Chris Hope at UniversityofCambridge,UK.


Ji Hye Jo

Director/Senior Research Fellow, Circular Economy Policy, Korea Environment Institute (KEI)

Dr. Jo works in the Division of Resource Circulation, Korea Environment Institute (KEI). Her field of research is related to Circular Economy (CE) policy. Prior to joining the institute, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA. She was involved in research related to biological hydrogen production from lignocellulosic biomass.